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Hobart makes history by appointing their first female MD

24 Nov 2022
Tracy Southwell has been appointed as managing director of Hobart Equipment Division with effect from 1st January 2023.

Southwell, who has 25 years’ experience of multi-channel experience in the food and beverage industry, joined the manufacturer in September 2021 as sales & marketing director and will succeed David Riley to become the first female managing director of Hobart.   

She has helped to sharpen the businesses’ strategic focus as well as championing initiatives that build Hobart’s reputation for sustainable innovation and unrivalled training around its diverse product range.

Southwell commented: “I feel privileged to be appointed to lead the organisation. We now move forward with an even greater sense of purpose and a pledge to invest further to maintain our reputation for excellence and reliability, whilst further improving our talent management programme, focusing on gender equality, diversity, and inclusion, and looking outside of the industry – where appropriate – to bring in external expertise.

“This is alongside an equally ambitious drive to reinforce key pillars of our business – sustainable innovation, a focus on value and total cost of ownership, and building customers for life. I’m incredibly proud to be leading Hobart as we stand at the start of a new chapter in Hobart’s history.”